As the academic year begins in US institutions of higher learning . . . I couldn’t resist sharing this comic from xkcd. Last year, faculty in my College were in an uproar over a redesigned website created for an external audience. The furor has died down now that most of the content for the internal audience is available on a companion site. The situation was a clear signal that different audiences have different needs. And one document can’t succeed for everyone.
The disclaimer below makes the audience for xkcd comics clear. The site might be a nice diversion if you’re struggling to get through a case of the Mondays (a la Office Space).
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).
- XKCD’s ‘Time’ comic comes to an end after more than 3,000 panels (theverge.com)
- The video tutorial on audience (proswrite.com)